A Prize Car is a vehicular reward upon completing certain events or reaching certain milestones during game progression. Appearing in all games except Gran Turismo HD Concept and Gran Turismo PSP, they feature items that cannot be acquired normally via the Dealership such as special paint or cars.
All championship events (excluding the Gran Turismo World Cup) will award the player prize cars if they completed the event 1st overall. As well, completing all license tests in gold will award prize cars.
The awarding mechanics were slightly revised for this game. While retaining the ability to get prize cars via overall championship wins or completing license tests, they can now be acquired by winning individual races of any racing event (excluding the Sunday Cup, the Clubman Cup, the national championships of the Gran Turismo League section, the Rally Races and the one-make races).
The awarding mechanics of this game are similar to that of the previous game, meaning that cars are awarded through overall championship wins or completing license tests. Unlike in GT2, cars awarded in non-championship races are given only if the player wins all the races of the event, instead of winning individual races.
This is also the last game in the series were there are multiple prize cars for championship events. The multiple prize cars system is returned in GT Sport for its Campaign Mode and Daily Workout prize cars.
In this game, prize cars can be acquired again even if the event in question was completed prior. Players can still acquire cars by completing license tests. Driving Missions can award the player cars upon completion of each event.
Unlike the previous games, prize cars cannot be acquired directly but by receiving car coupons for each car before receiving them at the "Tickets" section. Nevertheless, cars can be won by winning Championship races, completing license tests or completing Special Events. Additionally, it is also possible to get car coupons by achieving certain milestones such as the player's birthday, overall distance driven or overall number of races participated or won.
The methods for acquiring a prize car remained generally the same, though the gift car coupons were omitted in this game. Players can acquire cars by obtaining a certain amount of stars in the various classes of the Career Mode, by getting all gold in the Mission Races, by completing license tests, as well as meeting the requirements in some Special Events. Prize cars are also awarded in the Seasonal Events if the player meets the requirements of each event.
Additionally, players can select the color of some prize cars before redemption.
The mechanics for obtaining prize cars were reworked. Cars will be awarded upon completing a number of Driving School or Mission Challenge events within the adjacent row. Daily Workout will also provide cars once per day upon completing the required amount of miles (kilometers) to be driven. GT Sport returned to the multiple prize cars system last used for Gran Turismo 3 for its Campaign mode and Daily Workout.
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